Yankees free agency and trade buzz: Keynan Middleton reportedly agrees to deal with Cardinals


Here’s the latest Yankees free agency and trade buzz during the 2023-24 MLB offseason…


Feb. 1, 11:00 p.m.

Former Yankee right-hander Keynan Middleton is reportedly in agreement on a deal with the St. Louis Cardinals, according to Robert Murray of Fansided.

The Yanks had been considering a reunion with Middleton as they look to fill out their bullpen ahead of spring training, but now they’ll have to turn elsewhere.

Middleton pitched well for the Bombers after being acquired in a midseason trade with the White Sox, posting a 1.88 ERA across 12 appearances.

Jan. 30, 6:00 p.m.

As the Yankees look to fill out their pitching staff ahead of spring training, they are reportedly among teams keeping an eye on a former Met.

New York is one of about 15 teams who were in attendance at right-hander Noah Syndergaard‘s recent bullpen session, according to Jon Heyman of the NY Post.

Heyman does note, however, that the Yanks’ level of interest is unknown.

Syndergaard is coming off a rough season in which he pitched to a 6.50 ERA and 1.38 WHIP across just 88.2 innings of work, but he was said to be hitting the mid-90s with his pitches during the throwing session.

Jan. 30, 1:22 p.m.

The Yankees have signed outfielder Greg Allen to a minor league deal, reports Robert Murray of FanSided.

The deal includes an invitation to big league spring training.

Allen spent a chunk of 2023 with the Yanks, slashing .217/.333/.478 in 28 plate appearances.

During a seven-year big league career with the Yankees, Cleveland, San Diego, and Pittsburgh, Allen has hit .231/.300/.340 with 11 homers in 304 games.

Defensively, he has the ability to play all three outfield spots.

Jan. 29, 4:21 p.m.

The Yankees have claimed left-handed reliever Matt Gage off waivers from the Houston Astros.

Since New York’s 40-man roster is full, the organization designated INF/OF Diego Castillo for assignment.

Gage, 30, was solid in limited opportunities with the Astros in 2022 (his big league debut) and 2023.

Over 16 relief appearances spanning 2022 and 2023, Gage had a 1.83 ERA and 1.06 WHIP with 20 strikeouts in 19.2 innings.

Jan. 27, 8:45 p.m.

Right-hander Hector Neris reached an agreement with the Chicago Cubs on a one-year, $9 million contract Saturday, according to multiple reports.

Both the Yankees and Mets had made contact with the 34-year-old reliever earlier as reported by SNY MLB Insider Andy Martino earlier this week, however neither was close to signing him.

Neris pitched to a 1.71 ERA (3.83 FIP) last year in 68.1 innings over 71 games. He allowed 16 runs (13 earned) on 41 hits with 31 walks (1.054 WHIP) and 77 strikeouts.

The Yanks remain in play for right-handers Phil Maton, Ryan Brasier and Keynan Middleton, as well as lefty Wandy Peralta.

Neris’ deal with the Northsiders includes an option for 2025 (also for $9 million) that converts to a player option if Neris makes 60 appearances this season.

Jan. 26, 10:40 a.m.

The Yankees’ focus remains on adding bullpen pieces as the date for pitchers and catchers to report draws near, but money could be impacting the arms race.

The New York Post’s Jon Heyman noted the club has spoken to right-handers Phil Maton and Ryan Brasier as well as lefty Wandy Peralta. SNY MLB Insider Andy Martino reported earlier this week that both the Yanks and Mets were speaking with righty Hector Neris.

However, New York is “alleged to be making low offers” to relievers, per Heyman. And YES Network’s Jack Curry floated the idea of a reunion with right-hander Kenyan Middleton as a lower-cost option.

On the starting pitcher front, Heyman reiterated that the Bronx Bombers had made an offer to Blake Snell’s camp, but the gulf between the two sides is far too vast for it to be likely the lefty ends up in pinstripes.

Jan. 23, 7:15 p.m.

As the Yankees turn their focus towards filling out their bullpen, they’ve reportedly had conversations about a potential reunion with RHP Keynan Middleton, according to YES Network’s Jack Curry.

The Yanks acquired Middleton from the Chicago White Sox ahead of the trade deadline last season and he pitched very well for them down the stretch.

The 30-year-old right-hander allowed just three earned runs while striking out 17 batters and posting a 0.97 WHIP across 12 appearances in pinstripes.

Jan. 21, 12:50 p.m.

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman was a guest with MLB Network Radio on Sunday and gave his thoughts on whether he will continue to look to add this offseason.

According to Jim Duquette, one of the hosts of Front Office, Cashman said he continues to have trade discussions with other clubs and is still looking to possibly add pitching to his team. This is something Cashman said earlier in the week when he met with the media following the introduction of Marcus Stroman.

“I think we have a good rotation if everything goes right, which we know is something we don’t want to lay back and count on,” Cashman said then. “We’ll continue to look and tinker when possible.”

While Cashman didn’t go into too many specifics on MLB Network Radio, he did say he was hoping to upgrade the Yankees bullpen from outside the organization. But if he doesn’t he’s comfortable with how it’s currently constructed.

The Yankees recently signed Luke Weaver to a one-year deal but there are still high-end relievers out there like former Yankees Wandy Peralta and David Robertson as well as Hector Neris among others.

Jan. 18, 1:05 p.m.

The Yankees have signed utility man Jose Rojas to a minor league deal with an invitation to big league spring training, according to MLB Network’s Jon Morosi.

Rojas last played in the majors with the Los Angeles Angels in 2022. In 22 games with the Halos, Rojas slashed .125/.140/.161. However, Rojas can play multiple positions. In his short career, Rojas has played both corner outfield spots as well as first, second and third base.

Jan. 17, 1:09 p.m.

The Yankees have signed INF/OF Josh VanMeter to a minor league deal, reports Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.

VanMeter, 28, has hit .206/.293/.347 in parts of four big league seasons with the Cincinnati Reds, Arizona Diamondbacks, and Pittsburgh Pirates.

He last appeared in the majors in 2022, when he played 67 games for the Pirates.

Jan. 13, 7:17 p.m.

With free agency continuing to take shape this offseason, RHP Hector Neris‘ market is becoming active with the Yankees emerging as a potential frontrunner for the reliever, according to MLB’s Mark Feinsand.

New York isn’t alone, though, as Feinsand reports that the Texas Rangers are also seen as a possible landing spot for Neris who pitched for the Houston Astros in 2023.

The right-hander went 6-3 with a 1.71 ERA (1.05 WHIP) in 68.1 innings across 71 games last season with 77 strikeouts in what was the best season of his career.

Neris, 34, began his career with the Philadelphia Phillies where he pitched for eight seasons before joining Houston in 2022. Overall, the Dominican Republic native is 33-36 with a 3.24 ERA (1.15 WHIP) over 541.1 innings pitched to go along with 676 strikeouts and 89 saves.

SNY’s Andy Martino also reported that LHP Wandy Peralta is still a possibility for New York where Peralta pitched for the last three seasons.

Jan. 11, 5:15 p.m.

As the Yankees ramp up their efforts to upgrade their starting rotation, they’ve reportedly made an opening offer to left-hander Blake Snell, according to Jon Heyman of the NY Post.

However, Heyman notes that the two sides remain far apart in discussions and no deal is close at the moment.

The Yankees are also said to be no closer on Dylan Cease trade talks with the White Sox and they believe Jordan Montgomery may prefer to return to Texas or elsewhere.

SNY’s Andy Martino recently reported that the 31-year-old Snell had privately expressed an interest in playing for the Bombers and he seemed like more of a fit than Montgomery.

Snell would be a nice boost to their rotation coming off a tremendous season with the San Diego Padres in which he secured his second career Cy Young award. Snell alongside ace Gerrit Cole certainly would give the Yanks a nice one-two punch at the top.

Jan. 11, 2:25 p.m.

The Yankees have brought back a right-hander to potentially bolster their rotation.

According to MLB Insider Robert Murray, the Yankees and Luke Weaver have agreed to a one-year, $2 million deal, pending a physical. The deal includes a club option for 2025.

The Yankees claimed Weaver off waivers from the Seattle Mariners last September. The 30-year-old made three appearances for the Yanks — all starts — posting a 3.38 ERA and 1.28 WHIP.

Weaver elected free agency instead of a minor league assignment in November, but will now rejoin the Yankees for the 2024 season.

Jan. 11, 10:25 a.m.

The Yankees are interested in bringing in a reliever who pitched in the AL East last season to bolster their bullpen.

MLB Network’s Jon Morosi reports that RHP Jordan Hicks is drawing interest from a number of teams, including the Houston Astros and Yankees.

SNY’s Andy Martino reported last week that an impactful alternative to Josh Hader for the Yanks could be Hicks, according to league sources.

Hicks spent the 2023 season split between the Cardinals and Blue Jays. After struggling a bit with the RedBirds — with a 3.67 ERA and a 1.51 WHIP in 40 appearances — he was traded to Toronto, where he improved. In 25 appearances with the Blue Jays, Hicks pitched to a 2.63 ERA and a 1.083 WHIP.

Jan. 9, 7:00 p.m.

Just two days prior to his posting deadline, Japanese ace Shota Imanaga has reached an agreement on a deal with the Chicago Cubs, according to numerous reports.

Imanaga had been viewed as a potential target for both the Yankees and Mets with their needs in the starting rotation, but both were said to be out of the mix of late.

The left-hander doesn’t quite have the upside Yoshinobu Yamamoto brings, but he still enjoyed his fair share of success during his time in the NPB.

The 30-year-old posted a 2.66 ERA, 1.01 WHIP, and 188 strikeouts across 24 starts last season.

Jan. 8, 5:03 p.m.

The Yankees have signed free agent infielder Kevin Smith.

The terms of the deal are not known, but the 27-year-old has played in parts of three seasons with the Oakland A’s and Toronto Blue Jays. Last season, Smith played in 49 games where he slashed .185/.220/.326 with five home runs and 11 RBI.

Smith took to social media to announce his signing, posting a picture of himself as a child wearing a Yankees hat with the caption “heading home for 2024.”

Jan. 7, 10:40 a.m.

As the Yankees look to fill out their starting rotation, they have reportedly spoken to a team for a potential trade.

New York has spoken to the Marlins about their influx of young pitching, Jon Heyman of The New York Post reports.

The Marlins are reportedly taking inquiries on several starters including Jesus Luzardo, Edward Cabrera, Braxton Garrett and Trevor Rogers.

The report, however, adds that there’s no evidence of any real traction there yet.

SNY’s Andy Martino reported this week that the Yankees are working to add a starter either via free agency or trade as part of an “active” January.

Jan. 5, 12:20 a.m.

In addition to looking at the top free agent starters, the Yankees are also pursuing trade possibilities as they look to fill out their rotation.

New York is said to be among teams that have expressed “sincere interest” in White Sox right-hander Dylan Cease, according to Ken Rosenthal of the Athletic.

Rosenthal notes that the exact list of suitors isn’t known, but the Orioles, Dodgers, Cardinals, and Red Sox have also shown interest in the hard thrower

Cease is one of the top arms available on the trade market coming off a season in which he made a career-high 33 starts and posted a 4.58 ERA while striking out 214 batters.

Jan. 4, 2 p.m.

The Yankees have signed right-hander Cody Poteet to a major league deal, according to The New York Post’s Joel Sherman.

The deal was pending a physical which, according to Sherman, was Wednesday.

Poteet, 29, last pitched in the majors with the Miami Marlins in 2022. In 12 appearances (two starts), Poteet had a 3.86 ERA with a 1.21 WHIP. Despite signing a minor league contract with the Royals last winter, Poteet underwent Tommy John surgery that kept him out of action in 2023.

Poteet did make one appearance in Triple-A where he pitched two innings and struck out one batter.

In addition, the Yankees claimed OF Bubba Thompson from the Cincinnati Reds.

Thompson, 25, batted .170 (9-for-53) in 37 games with the Texas Rangers last season. He was claimed by Cincinnati from the Royals in October.

Jan. 3, 9:43 p.m.

After being in on RHP Jordan Montgomery for most of the offseason (which remains true), the Yankees are now also “considering” the other top free agent starting pitcher on the market in LHP Blake Snell, per Jon Heyman of the NY Post.

The reigning NL Cy Young award winner with the San Diego Padres, Snell could potentially link up with Gerrit Cole, the Cy Young winner in the AL in 2023, and form a powerful 1-2 punch at the top of New York’s rotation.

On whether Snell, a Seattle native, has a preference for the West Coast or if the Yankees have a chance to land him, his agent Scott Boras said:

“Snell has won a Cy Young both on the East and the West Coast, and in both leagues. He is open to all clubs and is seeking winning and competitive environments.”

Jan. 3, 11:40 a.m.

The Yankees are reportedly more than open to bringing back left-hander Jordan Montgomery. According to ESPN’s Jeff Passan, New York would “love” a reunion with Montgomery, but they aren’t the only team interested.

The Texas Rangers are looking to re-sign Montgomery after he helped them win their first World Series, but Passan reports that the team doesn’t know how the Diamond Sports’ bankruptcy will affect their television deal and their budget.

Montgomery was drafted by the Yankees in 2014 and pitched five-plus seasons in pinstripes before he was traded to the St. Louis Cardinals at the 2022 trade deadline for Harrison Bader.

In 98 appearances, Montgomery had a 3.94 ERA over 502.2 innings.

Jan. 2, 8:30 p.m.

The Yankees are among teams who are showing interest in a potential reunion with third baseman Gio Urshela, according to Will Sammon of the Athletic.

Urshela enjoyed a breakout campaign in his first season with the Yanks back in 2019, posting career-highs across the board while playing stellar defense at the hot corner.

The 31-year-old spent three more years in the Bronx before being traded to the Twins ahead of the 2022 season.

Urshela spent last season with the Los Angeles Angels, but he appeared in just 62 games before suffering a left pelvis fracture, which didn’t require surgery but brought his season to an end.

Sammon notes that the Mets have also been in contact with the veteran third baseman as they look to fill out their roster ahead of spring training.

Dec. 30, 1:45 p.m.

Former Yankees right-hander Frankie Montas is signing a one-year, $16 million deal with the Cincinnati Reds, according to numerous reports.

Montas spent a season and a half in the Bronx, but made just nine appearances over that span after undergoing arthroscopic surgery in his right shoulder.

New York had shown interest in a reunion with the right-hander as they look to fill out their rotation, but now they’ll have to turn their attention elsewhere.

Dec. 26, 8:00 p.m.

With ace right-hander Yoshinobu Yamamoto officially off the board on a historic deal with the Dodgers, the Yankees and many other teams will have to turn elsewhere to fill out their rotation this offseason.

One of the more intriguing arms remaining on the free agent market is Japanese southpaw Shota Imanaga.

With his Jan. 11 deadline quickly approaching, the 30-year-old is expected to meet with teams in the United States after the New Year, according to the Boston Globe’s Alex Speier.

Imanaga doesn’t quite have the upside Yamamoto possesses, but he’s certainly enjoyed his fair share of success over the past few years in the NPB.

Both the Mets and Yanks could make a ton of sense for the left-hander, who struck out 188 batters last season and is seen as more of a middle-of-the-rotation arm in MLB.

Dec. 17, 11:40 p.m.

If the Yankees fail in their pursuit to sign Japanese right-hander Yoshinobu Yamamoto, they plan to be quite “aggressive” in the free agent pitching market, reports The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal.

The Yanks have held internal discussions about bringing back left-hander Jordan Montgomery and also could potentially look to build, what a source told Rosenthal, a “super-charged” bullpen.

Rosenthal added that if the Yanks sign Yamamoto, they will likely stay in the market for more pitching “seeking affordable options” to add to the rotation.

Montgomery pitched to a 3.20 ERA (3.56 FIP) in 188.2 innings over 32 starts in 2023, 11 of which came for the Texas Rangers after a late July trade from St. Louis. The soon-to-be 31-year-old struck out 166 and walked just 48 with a 1.193 WHIP.

Montgomery spent the first five years of his career in the Bronx before he was traded to the Cardinals for Harrison Bader in his sixth big league season.

He made six appearances (five starts) in the postseason in 2023, pitching to a 2.90 ERA (3.90 FIP) over 31 innings en route to a World Series ring.

Dec. 17, 10:45 a.m.

The Yankees are expected to have a second meeting with Japanese ace Yoshinobu Yamamoto as early as Sunday, according to SNY’s Andy Martino.

The right-hander is in town after he had dinner with a Mets contingent including manager Carlos Mendoza and pitching coach Jeremy Hefner at Steve Cohen’s house on Saturday night.

While he’s in the area, Martino notes he’ll head crosstown to have a second meeting in the Bronx.

The Mets haven’t made a offer to Yamamoto yet, and it’s still unknown if the Yankees have or not, but the process is expected to accelerate this week.

Dec. 14, 8:30 p.m.

As the Yoshinobu Yamamoto sweepstakes continue, the Yankees are among teams keeping their eyes on some contingency plans.

New York is considering left-hander Shota Imanaga as a fallback option if they miss out on Yamamoto, according to Jon Heyman of the New York Post.

The Mets, Red Sox, Cubs, and Dodgers are some of the others with interest.

While Imanaga doesn’t quite have the upside of the 25-year-old Yamamoto, he did enjoy a ton of success of his own throughout his eight-year NPB career.

The southpaw posted a 2.66 ERA, 1.01 WHIP, and 188 strikeouts across 24 starts last season for the Yokohama DeNA BayStars.

Dec. 7, 10:32 a.m.

The Yankees have interest in hard-throwing right-handed free agent reliever Jordan Hicks, per Brendan Kuty and Chris Kirschner of The Athletic.

Hicks, 27, has a high-octane fastball that averaged a tick over 100 mph in 2023 and has reached as high as 104 mph in regular season games.

He has had a number of health issues that have hampered him since his rookie season in 2018, when he appeared in a career-high 73 games. But Hicks was healthy and very effective for the Cardinals and Blue Jays in 2023.

In 65.2 innings over 65 appearances in 2023, Hicks had a 3.29 ERA (3.22 FIP) and 1.35 WHIP with 81 strikeouts — a rate of 11.1 per nine.

Dec. 6, 5:35 p.m.

Free agent reliever Robert Stephenson is drawing broad interest this week, according to MLB Network’s Jon Morosi, with the Yankees among the clubs involved.

The other teams linked with the right-hander are the Texas Rangers and both Los Angeles teams, the Dodgers and Angels.

Stephenson, who will turn 31 in February, pitched to a 3.10 ERA and 0.879 WHIP with 77 strikeouts to 16 walks over 60 games a season ago. But his year didn’t take off until he was traded to Tampa Bay at the start of June.

The righty had a 5.14 ERA through 14 innings with Pittsburg prior to being dealt before closing out the season with a 2.35 ERA over 38.1 innings with the Rays.

Dec. 5, 7:55 p.m.

In his Tuesday media availability, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman confirmed he has had talks with a number of agents. Specifically, the organization has talked with representatives for Shohei Ohtani and others.

“I talked to [Ohtani’s] agent, I will concede that, but leave it at no more than that,” Cashman said.

As Ohtani looks for his next landing spot, it’s become known that any leaks regarding personal meetings will be held against the team. It’s being reported that the Dodgers, Blue Jays, Giants, Angels and potentially the Cubs are in on the two-way star.

In his talk with the media, Cashman also confirmed that he has spoken with the agents of Frankie Montas, Wandy Peralta and Isiah Kiner-Falefa about potential reunions.

Dec. 4, 10:20 a.m.

Isiah Kiner-Falefa is drawing interest on the free agent market from “about 12 teams, including the Yankees,” reports the New York Post’s Jon Heyman.

Teams are considering Kiner-Falefa as a third baseman, shortstop and super utilityman, Heyman added.

With the Yankees in 2023, he saw the majority of time in the outfield (29 starts, 278 innings in center and 28 starts 248 innings in left) and third base (26 starts, 240 innings).

Kiner-Falefa played over 1,000 innings (131 starts) at shortstop for New York in 2022 after he made 155 starts during his final year with the Texas Rangers, the last time he was an everyday player. He has also done some catching in his career (66 starts) and has spent some time at second base (19 starts).

He is coming off a rough year at the plate, slashing .242/.306/.340 for a .646 OPS (and a below-average 78 OPS+) in 361 plate appearances over 113 games for the Yanks.

Dec. 4, 2:40 p.m.

The Yankees are one of the many teams interested in free agent left-hander Wandy Peralta and are hopeful of a reunion, according to the New York Post’s Jon Heyman.

Peralta, 32, pitched to a 2.83 ERA (5.05 FIP) in 54.0 innings over 63 appearances for the Yanks during the 2023 season, with 51 strikeouts and 30 walks for a 1.222 WHIP.

The lefty came to the Bronx in an April 2021 trade with the Giants for Mike Tauchman and has posted a 2.82. ERA in his 165 games with the club.

Nov. 30, 11:32 a.m.

The Yankees are in the market for a left-handed hitting outfielder with some power and they are remaining engaged with representatives for free agent Cody Bellinger, according to The Athletic’s Brendan Kuty.

Another option would be Juan Soto, and SNY MLB Insider Andy Martino reported on Thursday that talks between the Yanks and San Diego Padres for Soto trade progressed to the point of exchanging names on players. The sides are not close to an agreement and San Diego’s initial ask was very high for what would likely be a one-year rental as the 25-year-old will likely test the free agency waters for the first time in his career after the 2024 season like other Scott Boras clients do.

The Yankees found the asking price for Bellinger “a bit steep” for now, according to The Athletic, as expected for another Boras client this early in free agency. But the Yanks are still interested in the 28-year-old who is coming off a bounce-back year for the Chicago Cubs in which he posted a .307 average and .881 OPS with 26 home runs and 97 RBI in 130 games.

The son of a one-time Yankee, Bellinger was the 2017 NL Rookie of the Year and 2019 NL MVP with the Dodgers before he had back-to-back disastrous seasons with Los Angeles, batting .193 with a .611 OPS with just 29 homers and 104 RBI over a 239 game stretch.

Nov. 23, 5:30 p.m.

The Yankees are on the hunt for starting pitching this offseason, and according to Jon Heyman of the NY Post, the team is considering a reunion with left-hander Jordan Montgomery.

Montgomery spent the first five and a half seasons of his career in the Bronx before being traded to the St. Louis Cardinals ahead of the 2022 trade deadline in exchange for Harrison Bader.

He enjoyed success in St. Louis, but with the team out of playoff contention, he found himself flipped again at this season’s deadline to the Texas Rangers.

Montgomery was a breakout star for the World Series champs, pitching to a 2.79 ERA, 1.09 WHIP, and 58 strikeouts across 11 starts.

Heyman notes that the Yankees have been particular about their rotation targets so far this offseason.

Nov. 21, 9:45 a.m.

The Yankees have agreed to a deal with right-handed reliever Yerry De Los Santos, his representatives, Epitome Sports Management, announced on social media.

The contract is a minor league deal with an invite to spring training that will pay him $900,000 if reaches the majors, according to the New York Post’s Joel Sherman. The contract also includes a June 1 assignment clause to the 26-man big league roster and a July 1 release clause.

De Los Santos became a free agent after he went unclaimed on waivers earlier this month after pitching for the Pittsburgh Pirates the past two seasons, his only MLB experience.

The 25-year-old reliever appeared in 48 games with Pittsburgh pitching to a 4.14 ERA (4.04 FIP) in 50.0 innings with 44 strikeouts to 24 walks and a 1.260 WHIP. He pitched to a 3.33 ERA over 24.1 innings a year ago.

While the strikeout percentage is low (17.3 percent in 2023), thanks to a sinker that he throws 61.5 percent of the time he tallied a 55.6 percent ground ball rate in the big leagues last campaign, which could indicate the Yanks’ interest in the righty.

Nov. 20, 6:40 p.m.

The Yankees and San Francisco Giants are among the teams showing interest in Korean outfielder Jung-Hoo Lee leading up to his posting later this winter, according to MLB Network’s Jon Morosi.

The 25-year-old, who grew up idolizing Ichiro Suzuki, has been a star over the past few seasons in the KBO. Lee’s a former Rookie of the Year, MVP, and a five-time Gold Glove award winner.

Though he doesn’t offer too much in the power department, his bat-to-ball skills are elite. The sweet-swinging lefty is a career .340 hitter and has been able to get on base at a stellar .407 clip. He also batted .429 with two doubles and five RBI across four games as part of Team Korea during the 2023 World Baseball Classic.

Lee underwent season-ending ankle surgery in July, but according to Morosi, he is expected to be full-go for the beginning of the next season.

Nov. 17, 3:59 p.m.

The Yankees announced they traded OF Jake Bauers to the Milwaukee Brewers in exchange for minor-league outfielders Jace Avina and Brian Sanchez ahead of MLB’s non-tender deadline on Friday.

Avina, 20, spent the last two years in the Brewers system. Last season in Single-A Carolina, the right-handed batter hit .233 with 22 doubles, 14 home runs, 50 RBI, 57 runs scored and 10 stolen bases in 99 games.

Sanchez, 19, signed with the Brewers as a non-drafted free agent in February. The Venezuela native played 33 games in Milwaukee’s farm system this year, hitting .297/.414/.446 with 20 runs scored, seven doubles, four triples, 19 RBI and eight stolen bases in 33 games with the DSL Brewers 1.

Bauers, 28, was a key depth piece for the Yankees in 2023, hitting a slash line of .202/.279/.413 with 12 home runs and 30 RBI in 84 games last season with the Bombers.

Nov. 17, 2:21 p.m.

The Giants are among the suitors for Cody Bellinger, reports Jesse Rogers of ESPN.

San Francisco has missed out on big stars in recent offseasons, including whiffing on Aaron Judge and having a deal for Carlos Correa fall apart late over medical concerns last winter.

Giants president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi is expected to be aggressive this offseason, so it makes perfect sense that the team has been linked to most of the big free agents.

While San Francisco could be a threat to the Yankees’ chances of signing Bellinger, the Cubs aren’t expected to be.

Per ESPN, a source familiar with the situation said Bellinger — who played for the Cubs in 2023 — “is as good as gone,” with Rogers adding that Chicago won’t get into a bidding war for him.

Nov. 16, 8:36 a.m.

With the Yankees in need of a center fielder, they have “engaged the Rays in multiple conversations” this offseason about Manuel Margot, reports Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.

The Rays are also speaking to other teams about Margot, per The Athletic.

Margot, 29, hit .264/.310/.376 with four homers and 21 doubles in 99 games for the Rays in 2023.

In eight big league seasons with the Rays and Padres, he has slashed .255/.309/.385.

He has graded out as above average in the outfield via DRS in every season except 2023, when he was worth -3 DRS.

Margot will earn $10 million in 2024, and his contract contains a mutual option at $12 million for 2025.

Nov. 14, 10:55 a.m.

The Yankees “are among the most active teams in the starting pitching market,” reports Jon Morosi of MLB Network, who notes that the Yanks are interested in free agent RHP Aaron Nola.

Nola had a 4.46 ERA and 1.15 WHIP in 32 starts over 193.2 innings for the Phillies in 2023. He has bookended mediocre seasons (he had a 4.63 ERA) around a very strong 2022 campaign, where he posted a 3.25 ERA and 0.96 WHIP in 205 innings.

He will be entering his age-31 season in 2024, and should be one of the most sought after pitchers on the market.

Nola made $16 million this past season for the Phillies in what was the final year of a four-year deal.

Because the Phillies extended a qualifying offer to Nola, which he will reject, the team that signs him will lose a pick in the 2024 MLB Draft.

Nov. 10, 5:55 p.m.

The Yankees are reportedly interested in re-signing free agent reliever Wandy Peralta.

According to Gary Phillips of the Daily News, the Yankees have spoken about a reunion with the left-hander, but an offer has yet to be extended to the 32-year-old.

Peralta has been a great left-handed specialist for the Yankees since being acquired from the Giants in the Mike Tauchman trade in 2021.

In parts of three seasons with the Yanks, Peralta is 10-9 with a 2.82 ERA and 1.18 WHIP over 37 appearances. Peralta has also amassed 11 saves in that time.

Peralta was also clutch in the postseason, giving up three runs in 8.2 innings while striking out seven batters.

Nov. 9, 10:40 p.m.

After Yankees GM Brian Cashman stated to the media that the team is in the market for one or two outfielders — preferably left-handed — a new report says the Bombers have Kevin Kiermaier on their radar.

The Athletic reported that aside from Cody Bellinger, the Yankees have discussed the free-agent center fielder.

Kiermaier, 33, hit .265 with eight home runs and 36 RBI in 2023 with the Toronto Blue Jays. He’s a four-time Gold Glove winner, including this season, and gives the Yanks a defensive center fielder they need while Jasson Dominguez recovers from elbow surgery.

Nov. 8, 11:07 a.m.

According to The New York Post’s Jon Heyman, this offseason the Yanks have reached out to Cody Bellinger, who is reportedly at the top of their free-agent list.

That list also includes Shohei Ohtani and Juan Soto, all left-handed hitters, but Heyman notes that the player most likely to land in New York is Bellinger, followed by Soto then Ohtani.

A former MVP and Rookie of the Year, Bellinger signed a one-year deal with the Chicago Cubs last offseason and revitalized his career after three consecutive down years. In 130 games, the 28-year-old had 26 home runs and 97 RBI while batting a career-best .307 with an .881 OPS.

While all three play the outfield – a major area of need for the Yankees – Bellinger likely adds the most value to New York as he can play both center field and first base at an elite level.

Scott Boras, Bellinger’s agent, spoke to reporters Wednesday as the GM Meetings continue and was asked how he thinks the outfielder would like playing in New York.

“Cody’s played in major markets so he just wants to play on a winning team,” Boras said.

Nov. 7, 11:30 p.m.

Luis Severino is looking to get back on the mound after his 2023 was cut short due to an oblique injury, but it looks increasingly like the Yankees won’t be bringing him back.

Severino, who is an unrestricted free agent this winter, is back to throwing and is “feeling good,” according to The Athletic’s Brendan Kuty. The report also states that there has been interest from as many as eight teams for Severino’s services in 2024, but the Yankees aren’t believed to be one of them.

Last season, Severino had a career-high 6.65 ERA over 19 games (18 starts). His 1.65 WHIP was also a career-high and his 79 strikeouts were his lowest since 2016, when he started just 11 games.

Of course, Severino’s career with the Yankees has been marred by injuries. After bursting onto the scene in 2017, he had his high-water mark the following year by going 19-8 with a 3.39 ERA in 32 starts. The next three seasons saw Severino appear in just seven games and make three starts due to a number of different injuries.

After a solid 2022, Severino was poised to solidify his spot in the rotation before he hit free agency. However, his poor numbers and injuries may have spelled the end for the 29-year-old’s tenure in The Bronx.

The Yankees rotation is filled with a number of arms including Gerrit Cole, Carlos Rodon, Nestor Cortes and newcomers Clarke Schmidt and potentially Michael King. With the Yanks also looking into bringing Frankie Montas back, Severino will seemingly have to go to a new team.

Nov. 7, 9:26 a.m.

The Yankees are considering a reunion with free agent right-handed pitcher Frankie Montas, per Joel Sherman and Jon Heyman of The New York Post.

Montas, whom the Yanks acquired from the Athletics at the 2022 trade deadline, was limited due to shoulder injuries the last season and a half.

He threw just 39.2 innings over eight starts after being acquired in 2022, while pitching to a 6.35 ERA.

In 2023, he pitched in just one game (in relief) late in the season after missing the bulk of the year following arthroscopic surgery on his shoulder in February.

Entering his age-31 season and with serious injury concerns, Montas — who has a career 3.90 ERA and 1.29 WHIP in eight seasons in the majors — will likely have to settle for a one-year deal.

Nov. 2, 7:00 p.m.

The Yankees placed Domingo German, Franchy Cordero, Billy McKinney, Matt Bowman, Jimmy Cordero, and Ryan Weber on outright waivers.

All six players had been arbitration-eligible.





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